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The Book of the Sword (Samurai Girl Series #1)
     

The Book of the Sword (Samurai Girl Series #1)

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by Carrie Asai
 

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When I was six months old, I dropped from the sky -- the lone survivor of a deadly Japanese plane crash. The newspapers called me Heaven. I was adopted by a wealthy family in Tokyo, pampered, and protected. For nineteen years, I thought I was lucky.

I'm learning how wrong I was.


They say your life begins on your wedding day.

Overview

When I was six months old, I dropped from the sky -- the lone survivor of a deadly Japanese plane crash. The newspapers called me Heaven. I was adopted by a wealthy family in Tokyo, pampered, and protected. For nineteen years, I thought I was lucky.

I'm learning how wrong I was.


They say your life begins on your wedding day.

Here's what happened on mine:
I lost the person I love most.
I learned that everything I knew about my family was a lie.
Now I'm being hunted. I must fight back, or die.

My life ended that day.
The old Heaven is gone.

I AM SAMURAI GIRL.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Mob boss and industrial giant Konishi Kogo adopts infamous baby Heaven, sole survivor of the crash of Japanese Airline flight 999. Flash forward 18 years: Heaven, wearing a wedding kimono, waits in the foyer of the Beverly Wilshire hotel. She is to marry Teddy Yukemara, son of Yogi Yukemara, as part of a business transaction arranged by the two fathers. The brutal slaying of Ohiko, Konishi's ostracized son and the beloved brother of Heaven, cuts the ceremony short. How could Konishi let this happen? Did he intentionally have his own son murdered? This first book in a trilogy follows Heaven as she evades both her brother's avenger and the father who may have betrayed them. Female adolescents will love the high-spirited, tough-hearted heroine Heaven Kogo as she crashes through samurai warrior lessons and the local shopping mall, and learn a little bit about Japanese culture. References to pop culture, such as rock star Avril Lavigne and video game icon Lara Croft, keep the book fresh and hip, but may date it in the long run. Unfamiliar Japanese words can be crosschecked in the glossary at the back of the book. Readers looking to become even more a part of the story can sport one of the Samurai Girl removable tattoos on the last page. (Editor's Note: Book two in this series is also available: The Book of the Shadow. ISBN 0-689-85949-X.) (The Book of the Sword, Book One). KLIATT Codes: JS; Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Simon & Schuster, Pulse, 218p. illus.,
— Jennifer Banas
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Six-month-old Heaven survived a plane crash that killed her parents and was adopted by the affluent Kogo family. The now 19-year-old is forced to marry sleazy Teddy Yukemara, the son of a wealthy businessman with whom Heaven's mafioso dad is involved. When a ninja crashes her wedding, she sees her dad stand by and watch while her brother is brutally murdered. Convinced that she can no longer trust her family, she flees the wedding, her parents, and her posh lifestyle to learn the ways of the samurai and eventually avenge her brother's death. Action, romance, and intrigue are all neatly woven into this cinematic and sarcastic first installment in a new series. These characters are three-dimensional, and Asai's sense of atmosphere effectively captures the sights, smells, and energy of Los Angeles. In fact, the author cleverly surrounds her American-culture and film-obsessed heroine with enough mystery, passion, and fight sequences to rival any Hollywood action blockbuster. A step above the usual action/adventure series book, Sword is great for all audiences, but especially reluctant readers.-Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416503712
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
06/15/2004
Series:
Samurai Girl Series , #1
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,134,673
File size:
589 KB
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

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Book of the Sword (Samurai Girl Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought these books for my 14-year-old cousin as a birthday gift (I love it when teenagers actually want to read), and on my trip to her house, I read the first one, and really enjoyed it! It was a really easy read, so two hours was plenty to polish it off, but it was so fun to read a simple, cute book for a change. I normally read Stephan King - that kind of long heavy stuff. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised and think many people would enjoy this fun quick series that never lets up on the action or the drama!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book 'and, indeed, the entire series' to be very fast-paced and fun. I'm in my mid-20, so I don't normally read anything with this simple of a reading level, but these are just fun. The main character has her irritating moments, but in a way we can relate to, saying, 'oh, yeah. I remember what it was like to be that age.' I highly recommend these books to anyone who likes action/adventure, Japanese culture, or 'coming with age' stories - or all three! This author really has some creative ideas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
why is this book so expensive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I enjoy fast moving fun adventurous books full of surprizes. This book is one of those to dagree. This book is slow in places but picks up quickly. Overall good read id give it a 6 out of 10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok people dont be rude or post if you havnt read the book please!!!!!!
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Lachelle Rivera More than 1 year ago
I love this series anf Heaven becomes one bad @$$ samurai!!! ^_^
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie was a lot better and i loved it. I take martical arts so i love reading anything to do with this stuff. Some parts of this book were very intense and i loved it but others parts blahhhh.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are great, i read them over and over and never get board of them, im only a 6th grader, but i recomend these books to all people who like to read
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the series is really really good. Carrie Asai is a brilliant author and i recommend this book to all the people that like reading books from other cultures. they are extrememly cool bookz.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It a good book. It can be a bit slow at times but the story is interesting and the series is so cool. If you thought this book was okay but not great like I did keep reading it the series on only get better and better as you go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Is my favriote ever book i love it so much i have read all of them so farand im lovin it (much better than Harry potter! :) :)) i reccoimend it for everyone anyone who dosent like it or read it is crazy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I may only be in 5th grade but these books are some of the best that ive ever read! There so well written. I love at the end of some of the chapters when it tells what other people are thinking. I cant wait to read the third!